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Clark Hill Launches ASSET360 - An Integrated Cyber & Defense Practice

August 1, 2019

Advanced Strategic Services Include Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Crisis Management, White Collar Defense and Information Governance

International law firm Clark Hill PLC today announced the launch of ASSET360, a Cyber & Defense Practice that combines the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, Information Governance, Reputation & Crisis Management, and White Collar Crime & Government Investigations teams to provide a ‘single-team’ comprehensive approach to a company’s most complex and challenging cyber and defense issues worldwide. These multidisciplinary attorney teams are also imbedded with cybersecurity, crisis management, and intelligence professionals providing clients a stronger and interconnected defense against operational threats and complex legal situations.

“For cybersecurity issues, ASSET360 brings together as a single team legal and technical resources to address all angles presented by the multi-faceted cybersecurity and data privacy challenges now facing every company in every industry, including insurance, financial services, health care, and any regulated industries dealing with sensitive client/customer data,” said John Hern, Clark Hill’s Chief Executive Officer. “Today’s business world moves faster with higher risk than ever before, and to have this type of multifaceted team available at flashpoint can make the difference between disaster and successful resolution.”

“ASSET360 addresses vulnerabilities facing every company and industry across the globe,” said John O’Connor, Clark Hill’s Director of Advanced Services. “This integrated defense practice is a single source solution that is uniquely equipped to handle the most urgent and formidable challenges without having to call in outside experts, because those experts are now inside the firm. This means its members can respond rapidly and holistically to threat and risk situations.”

The Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Integrated Legal Services component includes experienced lawyers and renowned technical professionals skilled at preparing for and preventing data privacy and cybersecurity breaches. This team also can develop and implement internal cybersecurity and data security programs in compliance with constantly evolving worldwide regulatory requirements.

The focus of the lawyers and technical professionals providing Information Governance services involves improving the efficiency and operational performance of any entity by advising them on the value, risks, and efficient use of data while maintaining legal and regulatory defensibility. The experience of the Clark Hill team can also minimize the cost and risk of preserving, producing and reviewing electronically stored information during an e-Discovery process by implementing defensible, repeatable processes.

RG360, the Reputation & Crisis Management component delivers well-honed comprehensive public relations and internal communications responses including crisis & reputation management, communications strategy, media relations, social media and influencer outreach. These communicators work seamlessly, under the direction of counsel, or independently, to develop proactive crises protocols and manage real-time crises to gain control of the internal and external narrative and convey key messages to the various affected constituencies.

The White Collar Defense & Government Investigations component includes seasoned trial lawyers in Clark Hill’s White Collar Crime practice who defend individuals and companies where bet-the-company sanctions, personal freedom, reputations, and ones livelihood may be at stake.

O’Connor will manage the ASSET360 group, with team leaders for each group to include: Cyber:  Melissa Ventrone (Member) and Jeffrey Wells (Director, Cyber Security); Information Governance: Mike Boland (Director of eDiscovery) and Tony Ventimiglia (Manager, Alternative Staffing); Crisis Management: Hillary Popejoy and Leslie Martin; White Collar: Martin Crandall (Of Counsel), Robert Ridge (Member) and John Moynihan (Special Advisor/Asset Recovery).

“The development of ASSET360 was a natural next step for the firm, represented by the increase in client demand for strategic services and a big picture, proactive approach to problem solving,” said Hern. “Our goal is to create a seamless experience for our clients to receive market leading resources and the best results possible.”

The ASSET360 Cyber & Defense Practice offers comprehensive data protection and privacy solutions, proactive cyber and reputational assessments, reactive consulting support, incident response plans, remediation and recovery, vendor and technology contracting, asset recovery services, and internal investigations.   

“Whether assets are monetary resources, technical capabilities, or valued personnel, ASSET360 gives our clients the opportunity for the best possible outcome,” added O’Connor.

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About Clark Hill PLC

Clark Hill is an international law firm with multidisciplinary practices that draw on our attorneys’ and professionals’ industry and policy knowledge, our deeply held shared values, and a global network of premier firms and advisors to provide innovative legal solutions and excellent client service worldwide. 

Founded in 1890, Clark Hill is one of the largest law firms in the United States, with more than 600 attorneys and professionals, and 25 offices in the United States, Dublin and Mexico City.  The firm has been significantly expanding since 2013, beginning with the addition of 100 lawyers from Thorp Reed & Armstrong.  In 2017, the firm combined with Los Angeles-based Morris Polich & Purdy LLP, adding 100 lawyers, and in 2018 the firm combined with Texas-based Strasburger & Price, LLP, adding 200 lawyers in Texas, New York, Washington, D.C. and Mexico City. 

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